Ontology development methodologies have hitherto failed to support rigorous concept formulation in social settings. This paper presents a method for concept formulation that is based on systematically analysing text describing social processes. The paper also illustrates the process using a textual fragment from a case study. We have found that by using grounded theory, general ontological theory, and a lexicon, we can find terms, definitions of terms, relations between terms, and hierarchies of terms in the text, which commonly exist in the social process of event management. We have also found that perspectives enable semantic ontology modularisation as an important tool in ontology concept formulation through partly clarifying terms emerging from the text, where misinterpretation may exist and where a more general, common ontology would detract from conceptual understanding of the domain.
|Keywords:||Ontology Development Methodology, Concept Formulation, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Analysis, Event Management Process, Perspectives|
PhD Candidate, Unit Coordinator – University of Tasmania, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Senior Lecturer, PhD Supervisor, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Associate Supervisor, Lecturer, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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